While visiting Singapore, the other thing that I noticed were all the celebrations around the ghost month. Almost at every corner were little shrines were food was donated and incense was burning. It was really noticeable, much more than it is in Hong Kong.
For instance, we visited the Peninsula Shopping Centre and walked around it, to locate a camera shop we’d been recommended. While walking along the backside of it, we noticed big smoke coming out of the side of the building. Initially we wanted to turn around and walk away, but then we actually decided to walk closer, as there were lots of people gathering.
We saw that they were burning hell money and making offerings to their ghosts. There was a big pile of hell money waiting to be burned, lots of incense sticks everywhere and a huge assembly of different gifts for the ghosts nicely arranged on a big table.
Lots of people had gathered, some just sat there watching others pray. Others were really immersed in their prayers. Then there were a couple of people who just seemed to be on their lunch break and quickly walked to the table, adding some fruits or candy to the arrangement and walking off again.
When I walked closer to the table I noticed that there were many BBQ pigs laying there too – I hope they will be eaten by the real people afterwards (and not the ghosts) as they looked very yummy!